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by Shane Stokes
November 14, 2017
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Australian rider Matthew Glaetzer made history during round two of the UCI Tissot track World Cup in Manchester at the weekend, becoming the first rider to go under a minute at sea level for the one kilometre time trial.
The SA/Central Districts CC rider blasted around the track in the qualifiers, setting a time of 59.970 seconds. This was almost a second clear of the next best rider. He then posted a time of one minute 0.081 seconds in the finals, beating Eric Engler (Track Team Brandenburg) and Callum Skinner (100%Me) by over a second.
“That ride even felt incredible throughout. That time was something I was hoping to achieve in around a year’s time, so to get it today was amazing,” he said. “Having riders like Sir Chris Hoy and Shane Kelly writing the history for the kilo, I’m really glad I can put my fingerprint on the event also.”
He said that he had to dig in to win in the finals. “Doing the second kilo was tough with two keirins in the legs also but you just need to get up on the track and do it regardless of how you feel,” he said. “I felt pretty good through the race considering. I stuck to my race plan and held on for the ride. The final hurt much more than the qualifying though, I was in a world of hurt right before the keirin final.”
He returned to the track for that Keirin final, but had to make do with fourth place. Still, with a new world record to his name, the campaign was a huge success.